Learn about the history of Toronto and the nearby King Township with On This Spot’s featured self-guided walking tours. Every day until October 24th, On This Spot will be featuring content in different towns or cities in celebration of the nation-wide initiative of Culture Days. Learn about Canadian history through historical photos that offer direct comparisons of how much the human landscape has changed in the last 200 years. All of our tours and historical then-and-now photo sets are available for free online and through the On This Spot app.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and the capital of its most populous province. It has gone through many phases in its modern history and held many identities, from Muddy York, to Victorian-era “Toronto the Good”, and finally to a world-class multicultural metropolis. But who built this city? What were they like? Why did they build it here? On our fifteen-stop walking tour of the city, we will learn about Toronto’s humble beginnings and journey along Toronto’s former waterfront and through the site of the tiny settlement of York, which was first established here in the 1790s. Next, we’ll visit the former site of the cramped tenement slums where many of Toronto’s first immigrant communities settled in the mid-1800s, and then end our journey in the business district, where we travel back to a time when Toronto stood on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution.
In King Township, take our self-guided historical walking tour of the town of Schomberg. The earliest evidence of people in Schomberg dates back 10,000 years, when the area was home to the Anishinaabeg, Huron-Wendat, Petun, Mississaugas of the Credit, and Haudenosaunee peoples. In the 1830s, Quaker settlers founded the agricultural community of Brownsville. For many decades, Brownsville was a trading centre, boasting a flour mill, blacksmith, tinsmith, and various merchants. With the opening of its first post office in 1862, the village was renamed Schomberg. Over the years, expansion, population growth, fires, and floods have altered the look of Schomberg’s historic Main Street, where this walking tour takes place. Modern businesses inhabit the historic brick buildings along a well-lit street. Now a thriving community that blends heritage with modern amenities, Schomberg is a vibrant place to live, visit, dine, and shop.
Stay tuned for more On This Spot featured content in the coming weeks!